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Opening the Mojave River Trail

Another Band of Beaver Hunters

George Yount, leading another band of beaver hunters, again visited the territory of the Mohave in the winter of 1827-28. Here he was told of the attack on Smith's party. The Yuma Indian, Carga Muchachas, told of the fight and of a beautiful squaw that belong to "Sublette." Carga wanted to go to New Mexico and offered to effect the release of the girl; but Yount stayed his distance from the Mohave, even though they claimed repentance. By the end of 1828, the news had reached St. Louis. Smith wrote of both attacks in a letter to Ralph Smith, December 24, 1829, on the Wind River.

Jedediah Smith's narrated accounts of California, given to Ogden, spurred the Hudson Bay Company to seek rivers of the Southwest which were only then beginning to be trapped. John Turner was hired to guide Canadian trappers back down the route of his narrow escape and into California. In 1829, the company also ordered often to follow Smith's route to the Colorado River in inner California from the South before the Americans flooded in. Ogden left the Oregon territory, came to the Humboldt River (which he named at Mary's River, after his wife).

He then headed to the Colorado River. Here preparations were made for it is an offense against the Mohave Indians. Ogden furnished each member of the Canadian company with a spear to complement their other arms; and with due caution they allowed only a few Mohave to enter the camp at a time. When the Mohave wounded a guard and started to take some courses, Ogden ordered a discharge, whereupon the Mohave fled, leaving 26 of their number dead. Since no record of the Ogden party's entry into San Bernardino or San Gabriel was made, it might be assumed that the Hudson Bay men followed the Mojave River Trail, entering the San Joaquin Valley via the Tehachapi or Tejon Pass. They trapped in California for eight months, taking many furs. While the Canadians were in the Valley in 1830, a group of Americans under Ewing Young encountered them. For a while the rivals practically trapped side-by-side, sharing Mexico's wealth.

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